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Goa Festivals - A Fun-Filled Excursion to Colorful Goa Cultures

June 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 110

Owing to its wealthy past and multicultural population, festivals are a way of life in Goa. The state celebrates a great number of events & fests representing its interesting cultures and lifestyle. Most of Goa fests are woven around its cultures pertaining to Hindu, Muslim and Christian religions. Local dance and singing are the highlights of these fests. However, the state celebrates some events, which are exclusive to its cultures. Here're some popular Goa festivals, which offer heaps of joys to visitors and the locals alike.

Goa Carnival: Celebrated in month of February, Goa Carnival is a non-stop 3-day festival. The entire Goa turns colorful during this time, and celebrates the fest with full enthusiasm. You can see people dancing, singing and entertaining with various cultural programs all through the state. Street Plays, Folk dances and Songs are performed to cheer an enthusiastic and responsive audience. The winners get prize from selected celebrities. No matter whether you participate or watch people celebrating this fest, leads of enchanted memories would be added to your memorabilia.

Good Friday: Originally known as 'God's Friday', this fest is a day dedicated to Jesus Christ - the son of God. It's the symbolic of one Friday on which Jesus was crucified. It's believed that on the following Sunday the Jesus get up from his grave. That day is now celebrated as Easter. Goan Catholics gather in churches on this day, and listen to mass and participate in the Way of the Cross. The priests tell the story of Jesus Christ and narrate his sufferings he took upon for the sake of humanity. The atmosphere outside churches becomes colorful where many travelers and locals gather in formal attires.

Christmas: One of the most colorful fests which Goa celebrates, Christmas turns entire state sparkling and colorful. Even before a week, the effect of Christmas can be seen on Goa. Markets get laden with lightening Christmas trees and various gift items. On the very day - 25th Dec, people switch into celebration mood. Gifts are exchanges, parties are organized and funs & frolics become the common affair in almost everywhere in the state. Churches are decorated with flowers and lights, and Christians gather in churches for prayers and celebration. Thousands of travelers from different parts of the country visit Goa to enjoy this amazing festive atmosphere.

Dewali: Symbolic of the victory of morality over spiritual darkness or Evils, Dewali is a fest of lightning. This popular Hindu fest is celebrated in October-November all through the state. Sweets and gifts are offered to friends and relatives, houses are decorated with lights and the night is celebrated with crackers and various games. People buy new cloths and enjoy this fest with faith and enthusiasm. Goddess Luxmi and Lord Ganesh are worshipped at every house on this day.

The New Year Eve: Loads of locally brewed drinks, unlimited funs & enjoyments, rocking mid-night parties and full on dance, drinking and dining - New Year in Goa is a remarkable event. Thousands of travelers from across the world flock to Goa, and enjoy new-year celebration at scintillating Goa beaches. Night Clubs and discotheques are full with young crowds and hotels get occupied a month in advance and parties are everywhere on this tiny state on this very special eve. Market turns lively and vibrant with enchanting varieties of gifts and cards, streets and house are decorated with lightening and flowers, fun and pleasure is everywhere - this is how New Year is celebrated in Goa.

Moreover, Dusshera, Shigmotsav, St. Francis day and Food & Cultural festival are other popular fests Goa celebtares with full joy and pleasure. So next time when you plan a Goa tour, plan it close of one of above mentioned fest. You'll surely have a gala time in Goa.

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